Panda Express serves American Chinese Cuisine.
The chefs at Panda Express are famous for wok-king up delicious, one-of-a-kind entrees such as our signature tangy Orange Chicken and zesty Beijing Beef. Guests also enjoy a large menu of other traditional Chinese dishes like spicy Kung Pao Chicken and savory Broccoli Beef.
From Panda Express world famous Orange Chicken to their health-minded Wok Smart™ selections, Panda Express defines American Chinese cuisine with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Freshly prepared. Every day.
We had a few errands to run this particular Friday. The kids and I were finished our errands in time to meet the Hubby for lunch. So we decided to check out Panda Express for lunch.
Panda Express has been opened for a few months now. Located in the new shopping center near Costco.
We walked into the restaurant and the restaurant was packed. The line was at the doorway. But the line began to move fairly quickly at first. Then we noticed that it was going a bit slower.
The servers had switched positions and the person taking the orders was struggling to understand each order or she was new to the serving line. Right before I approached the person taking orders, two girls switched places again. A little chaotic but it got better once the switch was made.
We placed our orders and proceeded to check out.
I ordered a kid’s meal with orange chicken and rice for Z-man and baby girl wanted the same but with noodles instead of rice. The kid’s meal was reasonably priced and included a drink and a cookie for only $5.00 can’t beat that.
The orange chicken is one of the signature dishes at Panda Express. Crispy Chicken Wok-tossed in a sweet and spicy orange sauce. Pretty good.
I ordered the Beijing Beef and Pacific Chili Shrimp with Chow Mein. The Beijing Beef is crispy beef, bell peppers and onions in a sweet-tangy sauce. The beef had good flavor but was a bit overcooked. The Pacific Chili Shrimp contained premium shrimp with fresh veggies in a house-made chili garlic sauce. This was my favorite item of the day. Seasoned well and had a good taste. The Chow Mein contained stir fried wheat noodles with onions, celery and cabbage.
The hubby ordered the Kung Pao Chicken and honey walnut shrimp with fried rice. The Kung Pao Chicken is a Sichuan-inspired dish with chicken, peanuts and vegetables, finished with chili peppers. Not bad, it was pretty good.
The Honey-Walnut Shrimp included large tempura-battered shrimp, that was wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts. The shrimp was really good. I liked the style of shrimp and the sweet finish with the walnuts and honey. His side was the fried rice. The fried rice included steamed white rice with soy sauce, eggs, peas, carrots and green onions. Yummy.
We also tried the Cream Cheese Rangoon. The Cream Cheese Rangoon was Wonton wrappers that were filled with cream cheese and served with sweet and sour sauce. Too hard and overcooked. Not the best we have ever had.
We dined outside and we absolutely loved the outdoor tables with the umbrellas. A nice spot to sit for a quick meal.
Overall our dining experience was decent. We realize that Panda Express is not a gourmet Chinese restaurant, but the food was pretty good. There were a few mishaps during our visits as I stated earlier but I felt that the food was pretty good and reasonably priced for the style of dining you receive.
A family-friendly environment. A good alternative to fast food. Panda Express also has a drive thru. Not in the mood to cook dinner or need a quick lunch, check out Panda Express.
Panda Express is located at 4531 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70508. The hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.